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Don't you just hate how those rich liberal Hollywood actors go on TV to promote their agendas?
Appeal to Spite
Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Distracting Appeals

The Appeal to Spite Fallacy is a fallacy in which spite is substituted for evidence when an "argument" is made against a claim. This line of "reasoning" has the following form:

  1. Claim X is presented with the intent of generating spite.
  2. Therefore claim C is false (or true)
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because a feeling of spite does not count as evidence for or against a claim. This is quite clear in the following case: "Bill claims that the earth revolves around the sun. But remember that dirty trick he pulled on you last week. Now, doesn't my claim that the sun revolves around the earth make sense to you?"

Of course, there are cases in which a claim that evokes a feeling of spite or malice can serve as legitimate evidence. However, it should be noted that the actual feelings of malice or spite are not evidence. The following is an example of such a situation:

Jill: "I think I'll vote for Jane to be treasurer of NOW."
Vicki: "Remember the time that your purse vanished at a meeting last year?"
Jill: "Yes."
Vicki: "Well, I just found out that she stole your purse and stole some other stuff from people."
Jill: "I'm not voting for her!"

In this case, Jill has a good reason not to vote for Jane. Since a treasurer should be honest, a known thief would be a bad choice. As long as Jill concludes that she should vote against Jane because she is a thief and not just out of spite, her reasoning would not be fallacious.

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 838 Total Answer Attempts   42%
 356 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 482 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
356 - Appeal to Spite
49 - Biased Generalization
37 - Ad Hominem
37 - Personal Attack
34 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
27 - Hasty Generalization
26 - Guilt by Association
26 - Appeal to Ridicule
22 - Appeal to Popularity
20 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
17 - Appeal to Emotion
17 - Begging the Question
15 - Poisoning the Well
12 - Appeal to Belief
12 - Confusing Cause and Effect
11 - Fallacy of Division
10 - Red Herring
10 - Appeal to Authority
9 - Misleading Vividness
9 - Special Pleading
8 - False Dilemma
8 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
8 - Genetic Fallacy
8 - Peer Pressure
7 - Appeal to Common Practice
7 - Ignoring a Common Cause
5 - Appeal to Novelty
5 - Fallacy of Composition
5 - Appeal to Pity
5 - Relativist Fallacy
4 - Burden of Proof
3 - Post Hoc
3 - Appeal to Fear
3 - Appeal to Flattery
2 - Slippery Slope
1 - Middle Ground

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